The Family Support Network is engaging in negotiations to have a residential facility for various persons who may need temporary housing. The announcement was made in the 2013 Family Support Network report that was distributed to the media on Wednesday 10 December.
The report stated: “We continue to help with temporary housing where we can, and we have been approached to work with a local church on setting up a brand new safe house for victims and their families.”
The need for a residential facility for those needing temporary shelter was even mentioned by Government as an initiative that will be pursued. The announcement was made by Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton during the signing of the protocols for Domestic Violence and the Protection of Children.
The Minister mentioned that there is a need for a secured premise that will provide lodgings to various vulnerable groups, and announced: “We realize that after this (signing) is done there will be a need for accommodation of people for a short period of time and I think the PS and I haven’t brought it to my boss’s attention; but we are looking for residential facilities for these very reasons.”
Hon. Skelton stated that the property secured will house not only domestic violence affected persons, but also some homeless individuals: “… both for the homeless, the people on the streets and to have some level of accommodation for people who find themselves in Domestic Violence or even children who need to be in a secured environment for a period of time,” the Health Minister stated.